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Car-Pool Problems!

UNC Carpool



A successful business man 
goes into the doctor to ask 
about some abnormal symptoms. 
The doctor asks him, "What 
problems are you experiencing?"

The business man tells the doctor, 
"I'm terrified of driving in dark 
places or with other people in 
the car."

The doctor thinks for a minute 
then states, "That's easy to solve. 
You have car-pool-tunnel syndrome."




O Deus Ama-o Assim Muito Que Morreu Apenas Para Você!
- Portuguese


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6 comments:

Jackson - USC said...

UNC Cop: "Are you going to
come quietly or do I have
to use earplugs?"

J.M. - Atlanta said...

Mercy and Justice


One of the most publicized events of the last decade was the execution of a
Texas woman who had been convicted of murdering two people 14 years
earlier. During her time in prison, she became a Christian. The evident
genuineness of her conversion elicited calls from all over the world to
spare her life. Even the Pope pleaded with the Governor of Texas to
intervene. In the end, those who sought justice for the crime she
committed prevailed. With a lethal cocktail running through her veins,
Karla Fay Tucker "coughed twice, let out a soft groan, and fell
silent."(1)

The debate raised by this case was gripping enough, but what I found to be
most fascinating was the intense contest that was unfolding outside the
premises where the execution was scheduled to be carried out. Both the
proponents as well as opponents of the death penalty camped outside, each
side trying to drown the other's voices. The news of the execution was
greeted by a boisterous cry of triumph from those who had so vehemently
sought justice for the crime. Others were left wondering where, when, and
how mercy applies when the life of an individual hangs in the balance.

This drama was a classic representation of the two most disparate poles of
justice and mercy. How are the guilty to be spared in cases where absolute
justice is administered? If there are no shortcuts, no bribes, and no
turning of a blind eye against evil, what hope is there for those wedged
between the jaws of justice? The tension between justice and mercy is a
reality with which we all live, and depending on the circumstances, our
hunger for vindication is only matched by our plea for mercy and
forgiveness.

The biblical solution to this conundrum is uniquely ingenious in both
logical and relational terms. It was at the Cross of Jesus where God's
justice was perfectly administered and his eternal mercy publicly
displayed when God took upon Himself the punishment meant for the guilty.
The perfect, sinless, infinitely just God devised the means whereby sinful,
guilty human beings could be justly reconciled to God without an ounce of
guilt being swept under the carpet. No other proposed means of liberation
for humanity in the world even begins to address this dilemma. The
rhetorical force of the question posed by the author of Hebrews ought
forever to haunt every seeker of justice, "How shall we escape if we
neglect so great a salvation" (Hebrews 2:3)?

Unfortunately, some stumble over the gospel of Christ even while
incessantly seeking either justice or mercy in matters they deem
themselves entitled to judge. When our sense of justice is threatened, we
rarely hesitate to demand answers, whether the object of our wrath is a
mere child or a perfect God. This is nowhere more evident than in the
current attack on the character of God based on his administration of
justice, especially in the Old Testament. But at the root of this
reaction lies the failure to appreciate the full implications of what one
really asks for when one demands justice. If justice is to be absolutely
served, the guilty cannot go unpunished. The only recourse for the guilty
is to seek mercy, and mercy cannot be demanded.

Old Testament saints harbored no illusions about God being subject to
their standard of justice, for they were no strangers to his terrifying
holiness and hence the gravity of sin. The fact that the Israelites were
his chosen people did not keep them from facing the consequences of their
own disobedience, as even a casual reading of the book of Lamentations
will show. It was not without reason that the script writer for the
motion picture Fiddler on the Roof, which chronicles the struggles
of a Jewish family, has the lead character suggest that God choose other
people the next time around.

Part of the reason why we are disinclined to recognize our own need for
mercy may be due to the fact that our clamor for justice, however
impassioned, is almost always skewed in our favor. Narrow indeed is the
path to the dark recesses of our own hearts. But there the light of the
gospel must shine, and our strong sense of justice demands that we agree
with God's assessment of our true condition. Nothing short of the kind of
repentance that produces humble love within those who turn to Him can ever
point humanity towards their identity and purpose. Without a clear
glimpse of our own sinfulness, not even God can measure up to our
lopsided, self-righteous standards.

But if God is anything like the Scriptures say He is, then not only should
we expect Him to judge sin but we can also be confident that, in the end,
no one will be able to find fault with his verdict. That is why Abraham
was able to trust in God's righteous judgment, even beyond the grave, when
he chose to sacrifice Isaac at the behest of his Creator. He reasoned that
God is able to raise the dead (Hebrews 11:19). Whenever we demand justice
and obedience, we affirm the same standard that also condemns us. They
are blessed indeed whose passion for justice is informed by the mercy of
the Cross.

J.M. Njoroge is associate apologist at Ravi Zacharias International
Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.


(1) http://www.cnn.com/US/9802/03/tucker.executed/index.html

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Professor Howdy said...

I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in His holy protection, that He would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that He would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind...
— George Washington, circular to the states, June 8, 1783

Professor Howdy said...

RANDOM TIDBITS

It took five months to get word back to Queen Isabella about
the voyage of Columbus, two weeks for Europe to hear about
Lincoln's assassination, and only 1.3 seconds to get the
word from Neil Armstrong that man can walk on the moon.

***

The Canal du Midi--also called the Languedoc Canal--which
cuts through southern France and connects the Atlantic with
the Mediterranean, was built single-handedly, so to speak,
by a public official and self-made engineer who financed
the canal entirely with his own money when public funds
were not made available. This devoted man was Pierre-Paul,
Baron Riquet de Bonrepas. He died from overwork in 1680
while supervising the final tasks. The canal opened the
following year and has been in use ever since.

***

The largest single industry in the Renaissance world was
the Venetian shipyards. Fifteen thousand men worked there
and a hundred ships could be built or repaired at the same
time. This was the backbone of Venice's maritime trade and
of her supremacy on the high seas from the end of the fif-
teenth to the seventeenth centuries.

Professor Howdy said...

During most of the Middle Ages, few people, including kings
and emperors, were able to read or write. The clergy were
virtually the only ones who possessed these skills.

Professor Howdy said...



Here's some blogs that I found
of interest
as I negotiated my way
through cyberspace:





Every Student

Religion Comparison

Around the Well

Danish Cartoons

Arabic Cartoons

Muhammad or Jesus???

Answering Islam

Is Jesus God?

How to become a Christian

Who Is Jesus?

See The Word

Watch The Jesus Movie

Spanish Cartoons

German Cartoons

Chinese Cartoons

Italian Cartoons

Greek Cartoons

Japanese Cartoons

Portuguese Cartoons

French Cartoons

Hindi Cartoons

Russian Cartoons


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